Movie Review: God’s Pocket (2014)
Director – John Slattery (an actor on Mad Men and a host of other acting credits)
Writer – Peter Dexter (novel) and Alex Metcalf (screenplay)
Starring: Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Big Lebowski + Coen Brothers movies), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), John Turturro (Miller’s Crossing, Big Lebowski + Coen Brothers movies), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Caleb Landry Jones
Available on Netflix & Amazon Prime
My review: This is a dark comedy reminiscent of Fargo, Millers Landing, No Country for Old Men. For me, it had a strong Coen Brothers influence. If you don’t enjoy that humor, don’t waste your time.
The storyline casts Hoffman as a blue-collar worker (actually a petty thief) who lives with an abundant wife (Hendricks) and her extremely ne`er-do-well stepson (Jones). The stepson has no redeeming qualities and is killed over the lunch hour at a job where no one likes him. They claim it to be an on-the-job accident. His mother is suspicious and the rest of the show unfolds as Hoffman tries to get to the bottom of things. If you choose to watch this movie, give it some time to develop as the plot is not simple and resolution is more than complicated.
We would like to believe these people don’t exist, but all of us know several of the characters. I rate the move 4.5 out of 5 stars. Slattery won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (whatever that is), but God’s Pocket flew right under the radar for me. I love to find gems that got no love when released and then rattle around Netflix for the next 10 years….this is one of those. – Pitt